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Of the many unexpected developments this Earth Day, here's one that will surprise some people: U.S. petroleum exports are running so high they reached a record 4.3 million barrels a day in December, the first time such U.S. exports of petroleum products have exceeded 4 million barrels a day in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ripple Effect
The John Kasich campaign today released its second TV ad of the campaign. Here's a link to the ad: (The link takes you to the Kasich campaign Web site.) The title of the one-minute ad is "Lift." It portrays the governor highlighting his working-class roots (in Pennsylvania) and his... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Slices
Ohio's 2014 spring wild turkey season will be one to remember in the Fredericksen household after seven-year-old Tucker Fredericksen got his first turkey on April 20. The second-grader at Genoa Elementary was hunting in southern Ohio. As the photo shows, when the bird is as big as the boy, we... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blade Outdoors
A recent hire at the Lucas County Board of Elections is off work and recovering for a few days because of his unfortunate meeting with a moving minivan last week. The board's newly hired administrative assitant, Edmund Feeny, 63, was struck by a van outside the board's downtown office on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Blade Slices
As the water level has dropped in recent days, the anglers have spread out to most of the traditional walleye spring run locations along the Maumee River, but the fishing has gotten tougher, according to river watcher Joe Roecklein. Anglers were dragging limits out of the Jerome Road stretch at... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Blade Outdoors
MOST good-paying jobs in the coming decade will require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. That puts community college front-and-center in training students for today’s jobs and meeting the workforce needs of Ohio’s employers -- and future employers. Yet Ohio legislators continue to treat... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Our View
Either the Ohio Environmental Council doesn't hate Gov. John Kasich nearly as much as people think it does - or Kasich hasn't been the complete and utter disaster on public health and environmental issues that his critics claimed he would be when he took office on Jan. 10, 2011. Let... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Ohio’s opioid and heroin epidemic today is far whiter -- and younger -- than ever before, as a column and editorial I wrote for this Sunday’s paper will show. At a Heroin Anonymous meeting I attended two weeks ago in Toledo, 90 percent of the people were white, and most... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at 419: The Diary
CRIME isn’t just a police problem: it’s a community problem, and no number of cops can make a neighborhood safe, or livable, without the cooperation and will of the people who live there. The Toledo Police Department, like most urban law enforcement agencies, needs to do much more to gain... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Our View
The Ohio Division of Wildlife has changed its spring trout stocking plans for the Van Wert reservoirs, in order to prevent damage to the dike around Van Wert reservoir No. 1. Catchable rainbow trout will not be stocked in the Van Wert reservoir No. 1 this year, but instead the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
One of the Great Lakes region's largest energy providers, Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp., is hunkering down for what Tony Alexander described in Washington on April 8 as the "war on coal." Alexander, FirstEnergy's president and chief executive officer, didn't blame Obama administration policies per se during remarks he delivered to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Toledo Councilman Jack Ford is thinking of entering the election contest for Toledo's state Senate seat, (District 11) now held by state Sen. Edna Brown (D., Toledo). Though a Democrat, he'd run as an independent. The deadline to file for the Democratic nomination passed more than two months ago. And... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Blade Slices
In the second annual Perrysburg March Madness competition, the winner was determined by a tiebreaker, with Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler declared the victor and the recipient of a Mr. Freeze prize. Rose Mills, visual and graphic design specialist for Way Public Library, tied Mr. Hosler as both picked Wisconsin... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Blurbs From The 'Burg
Vice President Joe Biden is adding his voice to the Democratic outrage about "voter suppression" in Ohio and other states. The video includes criticism of Ohio, whose Republican -controlled Legislature scaled back early voting days and eliminated Golden Week (when people can register and vote at the same time). "...... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Blade Slices
  CRIME bills tend to bring out the demagogue in politicians. That’s especially true in an election year, when legislators typically introduce a number of preposterous bills, regardless of their consequences or even whether they have a chance to pass. A bill just introduced by state Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Our View
Richard Roberts is on television advertising his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for an open seat on Lucas County Common Pleas Court. Here's the clip: Download RichardRoberts_RobertsForJudge Roberts is running for the Common Pleas seat now held by Judge Fred McDonald who is barred by age restrictions from seeking re-election.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Blade Slices
ANN ARBOR - While the designated captains won't be voted upon until August and announced prior to the start of the season, Devin Gardner explained that the Michigan football team has a new way of naming its leaders this season. And it has a new catchphrase, one that was repeated... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at In The House
OK, this isn't Earth-breaking news. Well, it sort of is, considering this is the time of year when the Arbor Day Foundation encourages people to break up little plots of Earth and plant more trees. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, has come up with an incentive-laden program to encourage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Ripple Effect
Cleveland averages gets close to twice as much snow in a normal winter than Toledo does, 68.1 inches compared to 37.6 inches, thanks its position on the western reach of the Lake Erie Snow Belt. But the winter now winding down -- don’t look to me to say it’s over,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Road Warrior
The heavy rains of the past two days have turned the Maumee River into a dangerous and powerful flow in a nasty mood. The best advice for spring run walleye fishermen is to stay away for a couple of days and give the river a chance to settle down. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Some of the ideal gear for fishing the spring walleye run on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers is pictured above. These items are available at most retailers of outdoors goods, and most sporting goods stores. * A majority of the seasoned river run fishermen prefer a graphite rod that combines... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
Dock David Treece, the would-be private operator of Toledo Express Airport, thinks running Toledo Express Airport would be easy. Here is Dock's comment appended to today's Blade article about the airport takeover plan (my bold-facing): Neal Levine there was particular mention of land development because there isn't much involved with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Blade Slices
U.S. law enforcement agencies -- federal, state, and local -- should have learned one thing from the failures of the last 30 years: They can’t arrest their way out of a drug crisis. Treatment remains the key to alleviating the opioid and heroin epidemic that’s gripped Toledo and the rest... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Our View
Bryan Johnson (above) and Gary Mercer were all alone out by Green Island on April 2, dodging chunks of ice and fighting walleyes. The pair brought back a limit catch, and some great pictures. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Blade Outdoors
KB: So, what news of the weird is worth commentary this week? On the good news front, we have a little David of a school, University of Dayton, beating Ohio State, making them, I guess, THE University of Dayton. That's a Frank Capra story, though such stories seems to take... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Blogtown