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Toledo, Ohio
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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 4 hours ago at Ripple Effect
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 yesterday 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 2 days ago at Our View
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 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago at Our View
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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago at Our View
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 7 days ago at Blade Outdoors
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, "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
  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
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
On election night last week, there were shouts and celebrations among Perrysburg Schools officials and supporters as they found out the new school levy was passed by voters. Three nights later on Friday, fireworks were filling the sky near Steinecker Stadium as Perrysburg just manhandled state powerhouse Massillon 56-7 in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
Here's a look at voter turnout in the Nov. 4 election by voting jurisdiction. For the Toledo wards, I've given area landmarks to identify the general area. To comment, email me at or 419-724-6058. Lucas County Voting Area Total Registered Voters Total Who Voted Percent Turnout Landmark or area... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Blade Slices
In this prepared statement, Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill, the only Democrat on the Ohio Supreme Court, warns against "executive committee" control of the process for selecting a new Ohio Democratic Party chairman to replace Chris Redfern. O'Neill is one of only two Democrats holding statewide office in Ohio,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Blade Slices
Even though we are an ocean apart, I often call my zia and nonna in Sicily to check in on how their life is progressing. I admit, I often complain about life as single woman, work, and one thing none of us have enough of, money. Time and time again,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Community Connections
Statement by Ohio’s Congressional Democrats on Selecting New Democratic Party Leadership The results of the mid-term election will produce major changes in the leadership ranks of the Ohio Democratic Party, including the chairmanship. Prior to these changes, we as Members of Ohio’s Democratic Congressional delegation wish to go on record... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Blade Slices
Some of Perrysburg’s most notable families are represented with flying colors in Way Public Library’s military photo collection. That collection has brought plenty of memories for those involved. Eckel, Kazmaier, Keller, Creps, Munger, Thornton, Haas are just some of the well-known Perrysburg family names who have many family members with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
Undefeated is a rare achievement in sports. For Perrysburg High School football, it has been done only five times. The Yellow Jackets locked up its sixth undefeated regular season shutting out Maumee 36-0 in a cold, rainy Halloween night Friday. The past has shown that is no easy feat. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's self-imposed, two-year hiatus is over. The NRC has resumed issuing 20-year license renewals to the remaining nuclear power plants working their way through the long and tedious bureaucratic process, starting with those it awarded Oct. 20 to the operators of Limerick Generating Station 1 and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Gov. John Kasich told supporters in Findlay today he was proud that his campaign didn't air one negative ad. He must have forgotten to pass that message along to the Ohio Republican Party which had some fun with the FitzGerald campaign in this negative mailing: Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Blade Slices
The amount of early voting that has taken place so far in Ohio points to a low turnout election, though turnout has been picking up. Secretary of State Jon Husted reported on Tuesday that 816,739 ballots had so far been requested by mail, and 414,964 had been returned. So far,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Blade Slices