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Toledo, Ohio
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According to the Associated Press, a federal judge has overturned the Obama administration's decision that removed Michigan's gray wolf population, which numbers about 700 animals in the Upper Peninsula, from the endangered species list. The order affects wolves in the western Great Lakes region, which includes Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Blade Outdoors
FACING falling revenue and increasing costs, Lucas County commissioners propose raising the county sales tax from the current 7 percent to 7.25 percent. The increase is essential for the county and its more than 400,000 residents. The tax boost would enable the county to maintain basic services and move forward... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Our View
SHIELDING the manufacturers of execution drugs from public scrutiny — at a time of enormous nationwide controversy over how states are conducting executions — undermines democracy and makes future problems with Ohio’s death-penalty law more likely. It’s not the sort of measure to rush though a lame-duck session of the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Our View
Who else fought through traffic, parked a half a mile away from a store, waited just to look through store aisles, then considered putting the items back and leaving when seeing a ridiculous line at the registers in Perrysburg on Saturday? Me, too. It seemed like every resident in Northwest... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Blurbs From The 'Burg
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo is the only one of four elected Democratic U.S. representatives from Ohio who has not endorsed a replacement for Chris Redfern, the outgoing Ohio Democratic Party chairman. In this statement, Kaptur pledged to support whoever wins the election. "As the Ohio Democratic Party elects... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Blade Slices
David Pepper's claim on the party chairmanship picked up additional support around the state with one week to go before the party's executive committee votes for a chairman. His campaign claims 90 votes pledged to him. The committee that will make the decision on Tuesday night is comprised of 148... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Blade Slices
OurTownPerrysburg.com has had several updates on our T.J. Fatinikun, a 2009 Perrysburg High School graduate, and his dream living a National Football League adventure. The defensive end’s support group in Perrysburg watched him go undrafted after his University of Toledo career, later get signed to a pro team, then be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
The holidays conjure up that romantic image of families gathering around the table feasting on whole turkeys, honey glazed hams, yams, apple pies, strudels, sugar cookies, etc…. My stomach growls just thinking about it. This year, I know I will be watching my food portions. But not just to keep... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Community Connections
African Americans feel as though there's a boot on our collective necks – one that tightens and crushes our larynx with every unjustified beating, tasing, chokehold, or shooting. Black lives matter, we try to scream, only to be told over and over that they really don't. Those who want us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Homegirl
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Wondering whether Lucas County really needs a new jail? Enterprising blogger Silas Tsang went into the jail and took pictures that he posted on his Web site. Here's the site: http://toledopolitico.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/54/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Blade Slices
Popular and successful graduates of a school sometimes come back and try to help existing students with advice, but I’ve found one similarity that seems to result in their success which I hope the students have grasped. Having a good attitude and getting along with others. When Cameron Henry came... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
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The city of Toledo's encouraging area residents who live in the vicinity of Joe E. Brown Park or are regular visitors to it to attend a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lagrange Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Library. The reason: Joe E. Brown Park will soon be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Ripple Effect
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The recent cold snap caught a lot of people off guard, but - fortunately - not utilities that operate Great Lakes-area power plants. PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator that distributes electricity to 13 states, including Ohio and Michigan, said its customers set a new monthly record for November peak... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Ripple Effect
POLICE officers are among the few people who are licensed to kill. They have enormous authority, and police/community relations depend largely on how they exercise it. The communities that hire and pay police officers need to be reasonably certain that their cops can handle the immense authority that they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Our View
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DTE Energy still doesn't appear to be in any rush to build a third reactor at its Fermi nuclear complex northeast of Monroe, near Newport, Mich. But the utility has moved another step closer toward obtaining the license it would need to do that should it decide to exercise that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Last week I and photographer Amy Voigt did a story about the rapidly deteriorating conditions in Riviera Maia, a 503-unit apartment complex in West Toledo (Jackman and Laskey roads). I thought as I toured some of the apartments that they appeared to have been updated pretty recently and had nice... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Blade Slices
From Columbus 2016 (basically the Ohio Democratic Party): Columbus 2016 Announces Leadership Team Former DNC Chair Wilhelm Aiding Efforts COLUMBUS- As the decision for the hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention nears, Columbus 2016 has announced its executive leadership team to further underscore the community’s collaboration and commitment in hosting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Blade Slices
OHIO lawmakers are rushing in lameduck session to shield the manufacturers of execution drugs from public scrutiny. House Bill 663 is an overreaching, perhaps unconstitutional, plan to solve, through secrecy, the problem of obtaining effective and comparatively humane drugs for executions. The bill violates the spirit and letter of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Our View
  TOLEDO Mayor D. Michael Collins is making good on campaign promises in addressing the city’s core priorities in his 2015 proposed general fund budget. Yet his refusal to seek long-term funding solutions for city pools and other recreational outlets demonstrates an ongoing lack of leadership. The mayor proposes a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Our View
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Jaclynn Miller of Colorado sent this photo of her first mule deer to her grandparents, former Toledoans who now live in the Irish Hills. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
UNLESS the state Senate comes to its senses and rejects a risky measure that gives gun owners a green light to shoot to kill, House Bill 203 is headed for Gov. John Kasich’s desk. Mr. Kasich should stand with Ohio police chiefs and promptly veto it. In expanding Medicaid and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Our View
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Jodi Walrod with her first buck. According to research cited on the National Hunting and Fishing Day website, there are 72 percent more women currently hunting with firearms than there were just five years ago, and teenage girls are the fastest growing segment in the sport shooting market. Ohio and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
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As many of you know by now, northwest Ohio's Magee Marsh was just named America's 'Best Birdwatching' destination in a month-long readers' poll sponsored by USA Today and the travel Web site, 10Best.com. "This winning spot on the banks of Lake Erie attracts large numbers of North American songbirds --... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Ripple Effect
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  In writing the "Prescription: Addiction" series, I’ve talked to many families who have lost sons, daughters, brothers, or sisters to fatal heroin-related overdoses. These senseless losses have saddened and sickened me. People who die at the hands of a contract killer, or accidentally in a bar fight, auto accident,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at 419: The Diary
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Magee Marsh along Lake Erie east of Toledo has been named the top bird-watching destination in the country as the result of a poll conducted by USA Today. In the newspaper's "10Best contest", Magee Marsh topped the competition from a list of all the heavyweights among birdwatching hot spots. Black... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Blade Outdoors