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Toledo, Ohio
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BY misreading federal law, a bureaucrat in the Ohio Department of Youth Services has ended Toledo Police Department’s participation in an effective youth program -- without even seeing it. Gov. John Kasich’s people must straighten this out, and get Toledo’s troubled young men back in the nationally renowned Youth Deterrent... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 419: The Diary
The death of a Toledo heroin addict going through wrenching withdrawals at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio near Stryker will prompt Lucas County commissioners to ask some hard questions about the regional jail's medical protocols for addicts coming off drugs, officials told me today. But the death of Stephen... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at 419: The Diary
MORE than 50 people showed up at Tarta’s first of two public hearings on a planned fare increase, just after noon today. They got a lot of grim news from TARTA General Manager James Gee about cuts in state and local funding. It couldn’t get much worse: Among states, Ohio... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at 419: The Diary
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Update after Toledo City Council District 4 election: actual turnout: 1,429. Previous post: Today we learned that 61 voters have voted early in-person in the Toledo City Council District 4 race to fill a vacancy. What does that tell us about the total likely turnout on Tuesday (Election Day)? Nothing... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Blade Slices
Improving relations between police officers and the communities they serve isn't all about body cameras and revised training manuals. It's also about police officers staying on the grind, day in and day out, to help people on the block prevent crime and succeed. Toledo Police need your help to continue... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2015 at 419: The Diary
As Toledoans prepare to elect a candidate to fill the City Council District 4 seat, which became vacant after incumbent Paula Hicks-Hudson became mayor following the death of D. Michael Collins, homes and businesses throughout the district have become cluttered with signage calling for the election of the various candidates.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Crossroads
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Back in the day, the news that came out of Washington on Thursday for DTE Energy's Fermi nuclear complex in northern Monroe County would have been a big deal - or, certainly, much bigger than what it was. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - after nearly seven years of public... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Ripple Effect
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Creating a western Lake Erie regional water authority to be put in charge of what goes into our water and what comes out of our faucets is likely to remain a fledgling concept for quite some time. But it already has a key supporter in Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Ripple Effect
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As of Wednesday, 32 people had voted early in the City Council District 4 special election. Updated numbers: 35 early voters as of today. Plus: 351 absentee voter ballots have been requested. That's out of a registered voter population of 32,614. Most of the folks I talk to think the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Blade Slices
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The federal government sees no environmental issues that would keep it from extending the operating license of FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse nuclear plant another 20 years. All that remains now are unresolved safety issues brought up by those who oppose the extension. Aerial view of FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse nuclear plant. Photo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Ripple Effect
As I watched news coverage of last night's devastating violence in Baltimore, I was struck by how young some of the demonstrators appeared. Many looked to be in their pre- and early teens. Why in God's name were those babies out there? Yet there they were smashing store windows, destroying... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Homegirl
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Last night I was watching presidential candidate Hillary Clinton prattle on about some weighty policy matter. I wasn't tuned in, though. Every time I watch her I see an empty tip jar. In terms of her candidacy for the Democratic nomination, I'm out. What politicians think about, say, legalizing marijuana... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at 419: The Diary
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Jo Ann Davidson, the former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and former New Hampshire U.S. Sen. John Sununu are among the five officers of Gov. John Kasich's new exploratory committee. Not only that, but the committee includes Philip Geier, a prominent corporate Republican contributor who was one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Blade Slices
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Lake Erie walleye angler and Ohio State Buckeyes fan extraordinaire Bryan Johnson is battling ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and his family and friends have joined the fight. On April 26, they will hold a benefit to help cover the rising costs of Bryan’s home health care. There will be a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
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  A MONTH-long hunger strike at Ohio State Penitentiary reportedly ended today -- at least for now -- with prison officials agreeing to some of the demands of inmates who went without food since March 16. That's a good thing, but the state still needs an independent investigation into conditions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at 419: The Diary
The Ohio Water Sentinel Program seeks to educate, engage, and empower volunteers to restore, improve and protect Ohio’s waterways. Sierra Club will host a training session on Thursday, April 16, from 5-8 p.m. at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center located at 6200 Bay Shore Road in Oregon. Future... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Blade Outdoors
Former Gov. Ted Strickland easily won the endorsement of the Ohio Democratic Party's executive committee over the weekend for the party's nomination for the U.S. Senate. The endorsement puts the state's Democratic political machinery behind Strickland, which is not insignificant. But the Democratic nomination will be made by Democratic voters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Blade Slices
After media reports initially derailed Yvonne Harper’s candidacy for the vacant Toledo City Council District 4 seat with dug-up records of her overdue taxes and history of conflict with her coworkers, I was surprised she was willing to speak with me at all. But Ms. Harper happily agreed to come... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Crossroads
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland today reported having raised $671,073 toward his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) in 2016. That's less than the $757,043 reported raised by his (far less) well-known opponent in the Democratic primary, P.G. Sittenfeld, a Cincinnati councilman. Sittenfeld announced his campaign on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Blade Slices
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Matt Huffman, former state representative from Lima who was term-limited last year, is off and running for the GOP primary in the 12th Senate district. It could be a hard-fought battle, and will largely decide who represents the district because of its heavy Republican bent. The 12th District contains all... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Blade Slices
Among popular road-construction rants is the chestnut that [insert state name here] is “where the detours have detours.” It’s actually happening in East Toledo now because of emergency sewer work. Overhead construction on the Anthony Wayne Bridge overhaul project closed Miami Street this morning, and the Ohio Department of Transportation’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Road Warrior
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 In the supermax cells of Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown, eight prisoners are into the fourth week of a hunger strike. At issue are policy changes recently initiated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction that revoked or restricted certain recreation, education and other programs, including religious services, to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at 419: The Diary
Six of seven Columbus City Council members endorsed Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate today. It's shocking, I know: Columbus has only 7 council members, while Toledo has 12! Back to the Strickland news... The former Democratic is running for the Democratic nomination against Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. The winner... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Blade Slices
JOURNALISM can be a lot like social work. After writing a story or column about addiction, wrongful convictions, homelessness, or some other problem, a journalist inevitably gets calls from people asking, even crying, for help. My column last Sunday on a new program that starts Medication-Assisted Treatment for heroin addiction... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at 419: The Diary