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The (Toledo) Blade
Toledo, Ohio
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There are a lot of great websites about western Lake Erie algae for the layman, but here's one of the newest and most comprehensive: Launched July 20 by Heidelberg University's National Center for Water Quality Research, explains the role phosphorus has in causing algal blooms. But it does... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ripple Effect
RELATIONS between Toledo firefighters and Chief Luis Santiago appear to be up in smoke. Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson -- not her facilitator -- needs to bring the two sides together and put out the fires if she wants a department that the city can continue to trust and rely on. Handing... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Our View
TOLEDO and Lucas County can do something bold to reduce gun violence in their neighborhoods — if politicians straighten their spines and do what's right, not what's politically expedient. County commissioners and Sheriff John Tharp have invited the head of a controversial but effective anti-violence program in Richmond, Calif., to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Our View
The Ohio Turnpike has put on a big marketing blitz since announcing a partnership last week with Giant Eagle supermarkets to offer E-ZPass toll tags in their stores. Unfortunately for northwest Ohio residents, Giant Eagle pulled out of the Toledo market a little more than 14 months ago, so the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2015 at Road Warrior
WITH a worsening physician shortage, the pressures on Ohio’s health care system continue to grow, especially in rural areas and impoverished central cities. Aging baby boomers, Medicaid expansion, and obesity are putting more demands on an inefficient and overburdened medical system. By 2020, Ohio faces a shortage of thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Our View
Van Buren State Park is hosting a "Christmas in July" campout for July 17-18. The schedule: Friday 4-7 pm hayrides Friday 9 pm moonlight movie Saturday 10-12 am Christmas crafts Saturday 4-6 pm Train rides on the Polar Express Saturday 6pm Camper potluck and soup cookoff judging Saturday 8pm Campsite... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Book(mark) it, Danno. Save it. Keep it. Squirrel it away. Don't be fooled by Internet rumors. Type this URL into an email and send it to yourself. Or, heck, get out a piece of paper, write it down, and keep it where you'll find it until at least... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Ripple Effect
The re-election campaign of Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman today announced the formation of an African-American Leadership Council. The 33-member group includes two Toledoans - Jan Scotland and Cliff Porter. Jan Scotland is well-known in Toledo for his efforts on behalf of youth and for trying to run for office.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Blade Slices
Gov. John Kasich is airing his first television ad today in New Hampshire. The governor has been gradually ratcheting up his campaign for the Republican nomination - creating a superPAC, hiring professional strategists, forming a campaign exploratory committee, and most recently starting a Washington "steering committee." On July 21, Kasich... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Blade Slices
Use this link if you want to register for a public webinar about western Lake Erie's 2015 seasonal algae forecast from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Those who register will be emailed instructions on how to participate. Will this summer's algae be as bad as it was in this 2014... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell is scheduled to explain tomorrow his apparent decision not to marry a same-sex couple this week. Public officials, especially judges, cannot decide which laws to uphold. If the judge can’t in good conscience enforce the laws and Constitution of the United States, he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Our View
The numbers are in - and the beating that western Lake Erie tributaries took from sewage spills in the Toledo area this June is pretty staggering, especially during last weekend's torrential downpours. But there's a ray of sunshine in all of this. More on that later. First, the hard facts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Ohio conservatives - of the Tea Party variety - prefer Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination. That’s according to the Toledo-based Ohio Conservatives United. Spokesman John McAvoy said the group interviewed 2,000 people during June at meetings of 43 conservative groups. It found Cruz, a U.S. Senator from Texas,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at Blade Slices
Several people have asked me how heavy Toledo-area sewage overflows were this past weekend and what that means for the development of western Lake Erie algae this summer. To track the overflows online, go to the Toledo Waterways Initiative website here and click on "Tech Data." From there, you can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Ripple Effect
P.G. Sittenfeld, the Cincinnati councilman seeking to replace Ted Strickland as the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator next year, was denied a chance to speak at a big Democratic Party banquet on Saturday in Columbus. That's because Strickland is the endorsed candidate and Sittenfeld is not. (I'm told Strickland was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Blade Slices
While P.G. Sittenfeld was in Cleveland laying out his urban agenda this weekend, Ted Strickland was in Columbus attacking Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman for the “Middle-Class Squeeze.” Strickland is endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party to run against Portman next year, but he has to first defeat Sittenfeld in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Blade Slices
What a ride it's been the past 10 days. First, Pope Francis delivers his beautiful encyclical on climate change. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states. As a Great Lakes environmental writer, I'm moved and inspired by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Same-sex marriage is a federal constitutional right that no state law can deny: That clear and powerful declaration by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday is one of the most important victories for civil and human rights in decades. And the fact that the court’s decision arose primarily from a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Our View
Lonnie Thompson continues to reach new heights, both as a world renowned scientist and as an inspiration for people trying to reclaim their lives after major organ transplants. Ohio State University's famed paleoclimatologist - a fancy word for a scientist who pulls ice core samples from remote parts of world... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Ripple Effect
A celebration of Toledo peace-environmental activist Steve Miller's life is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Methodist Church, located in Toledo's UpTown district at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. One-time mayoral candidate Mike Ferner, a friend of Miller's and colleague with the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Ripple Effect
Blade outdoors editor Matt Markey has been named to the Ohio Record Fish Committee, a group that reviews and certifies the state’s official record fish. Markey will serve as one of the five members of the committee that is chaired by Fred Snyder, a retired fisheries specialist and associate professor... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
MORE than four times as many people died last year of heroin-related overdoses in the Toledo area than did two years before. But this year’s statistics -- at least so far -- suggest northwest Ohio’s epidemic of addiction might finally be plateauing. Even so, with almost three people a day... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Our View
Here's a picture and news release [verbatim] from a recent trip by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) to Toledo. BROWN MEETS WITH FAMILY SERVED BY PROMEDICA TOLEDO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Families Met with Brown During Children’s Hospital Association Family Advocacy Day WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Blade Slices
A mayoral candidate and a possible mayoral candidate attended the summer event of Toledo SOUP Sunday. Candidate Sandy Drabik Collins and former Mayor Carty Finkbeiner (who is exploring a possible candidacy) showed for the nonprofit micro-grant organization’s get-together in the Ohio Theatre on Lagrange Street. (Presenters from Harvey House, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Blade Slices
How do you eulogize someone like Toledo's Steve Miller? Perhaps it is best to imagine how the great baseball sage Yogi Berra might have done it if he'd ever gotten to know him and if he'd lived long enough to come up with a quip like this: "Yeah, Steve Miller.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Ripple Effect