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January 30, 2004
Maumee spending news - A $200,000, 6-foot high fence of trees and bushes to be planted along the Anthony Wayne Trail. Construction of $9.7 million police station. $270,144 on movie projection equipment for the renovated Maumee Indoor Theater. $25,645 on shade umbrellas for the Rolf Park pool. $36,500 on 203 trees for the city’s landscape project. Money is needed to pay for the construction of the Fallen Timbers/Wabash Cannonball Bridge for bicyclists and hikers over U.S. 24. "So far the Metroparks has secured $811,650 through grants and fund-raising efforts. Estimated cost for the bridge is $1,176,000."
posted by jr to news at 12:56 A.M. EST 2 comments
Bush increases arts funding - "President Bush on Thursday proposed the largest funding increase in two decades for the National Endowment for the Arts, an agency that once was a favorite target of Republicans. First lady Laura Bush made Thursday's announcement, saying the president would ask Congress next week for an $18 million increase for the NEA, a 15 percent hike over last year. The GOP-controlled Congress increased the agency's funding to $122.5 million last year, up from $115.7 million. That's still well below the $175 million it received in 1992."
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Toledo Public School tidbits - Bus fight caught on tape. Forget grades, soda pop in schools is the major concern. TPS student handcuffed to "restraining bench." TPS adopts uniform policy.
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January 29, 2004
ToledoBlade.com new look - The web version of the The Blade has a new look that started this afternoon. I like it. There's a broken link for "more news stories" at the moment, but I like the new look and layout. I would prefer the font size for some text to be larger. We don't all have 20-year-old eyes. I'd like to see more websites provide a way for users to increase the font size like ToledoTalk does for logged-in users. Or, even better, do it the way Wired.com does it, which allows anyone to modify the text size. Sure, there's something that can be done within the browser, but then that applies to all sites. Each site should provide the option. The End of Free has a different method for allowing users to change their font size. Oh yeah, old links to The Blade still work.
posted by jr to other at 11:39 P.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Unemployment Extension - A story that has not made it to the evening news is that President Bush and the Republican leaders of Congress are blocking a 13-week extension of unemployment benefits.
posted by edie to politics at 1:22 P.M. EST 14 comments
Old Internet political prayer - It didn't play well in the Arizona House. "Rep. Doug Quelland, R-Phoenix, caused a stir on Tuesday when he delivered a prayer on the House floor that took aim at multiculturalism, welfare, abortion and "alternative lifestyles." It was a prayer that has made the rounds on the Internet since 1996 when it was delivered before the Kansas House of Representatives."
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January 28, 2004
Granholm to endorse Kerry - "Gov. Jennifer Granholm plans to endorse U.S. Sen. John Kerry before Michigan's Feb. 7 Democratic caucuses, two Democratic sources in Michigan have confirmed. Her husband, Dan Mulhern, is among those running Kerry's Michigan campaign, but until now Granholm has steadfastly declined to endorse or even name a favorite. More than 100,000 Michigan voters are expected to cast ballots by mail, over the Internet or in person for the presidential caucuses." "Michigan is the first major industrial state to hold a caucus or primary, and its 128 pledged delegates are the most of any state in the first two months."
posted by jr to politics at 11:54 P.M. EST 1 comment
'Too fat to sue' - "Obese Americans cost the nation $75 million [?] in weight-related medical bills in 2003. It is disingenuous to compare frivolous lawsuits against fast-food purveyors to successful legal action against the tobacco companies. The danger of inhaling secondhand smoke is undeniable, but the only person hurt by overindulging at Burger King is the individual himself." (Bullcrap. What an idiot. The writer just said it. Obesity hurts everyone in the pocketbook, which ultimately affects everyone's health care coverage. Taxpayers paid for half of that cost.) "Nobody is forcing them to belly-up to the counter and order a super-sized combo." (Exactly. That same argument applies to smoking and secondhand smoke, and is why a smoking ban shouldn't exist. BTW, the original news story said $75 billion, whereas this writer said "million." A slight difference.)
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Denny Schaffer's court troubles with The Blade part 2 - This is an update to an earlier story. "Two people identified by Toledo radio personality Denny Schaffer as sources for comments he made on the air about a purported sexual relationship between a Blade reporter and the newspaper’s publisher have denied in court depositions that they provided the information. The comments included false statements about a purported relationship between Ms. Svoboda and John Robinson Block."
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UT spring enrollment down - "Spring enrollment at the University of Toledo is down 4.2 percent this year, which will stretch still further the university’s already tight budget, a UT official said. UT did not budget for a decrease of that size. Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College, on the other hand, reported modest enrollment increases." A UT official is blaming the "weak economy", which is preventing students from finding the money to continue.
posted by jr to education at 7:32 P.M. EST No comments Post a comment
January 27, 2004
Kerry wins New Hampshire - And a whopping 22 delegates. Dean was second, at least 10% behind Kerry. Then the rest. Edwards will be third or fourth, but that's not surprising. Afterall, Dean is from VT, Kerry from MA, Lieberman from CT, and Clark skipped Iowa to campaign hard in NH. Kerry's victory speech was interesting. Twice Kerry discussed taking America back from the "privileged." This from a guy who was in the Skull and Bones at Yale (like W. Bush) and married into a $550 million fortune. Kerry is pounding the Veteran drum. Kerry, a Vietnam vet, protested the Vietnam war after his service by throwing "his" medals over the fence at the Capitol. They were actually someone else's medals. Two big problems for Kerry: his voting record and the fact he's more liberal than Ted Kennedy.
posted by jr to politics at 11:06 P.M. EST 11 comments
Atkins diet cause of Kraft Foods job cuts? - "Kraft Foods Inc. said Tuesday it will eliminate 6,000 jobs, or 6 percent of its work force, and close 20 plants worldwide over the next three years. Kraft intends to focus on healthier snacks and other new products, stronger marketing and a better strategy to meet consumers' health and wellness concerns. Low-carb diets like Atkins and South Beach, the focus on trans-fats, concerns about obesity and increased demand for organic and natural products are requiring a shift in how we market and what we market."
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Michigan farmers asked to support ethanol - "About 55 people heard a pitch to invest in the $71 million plant that would produce ethanol and other byproducts from locally grown corn. Backers hope to break ground for the plant in June if enough early investors come forward. The plant will produce up to 50 million gallons of ethanol a year, or about 145,000 gallons a day. That would make it one of the 10 largest plants in the United States. Michigan is not producing enough ethanol to meet demand, so it must import the fuel from other states."
posted by jr to environment at 3:49 P.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Booze at the movies - "National Amusements, Inc. and the Maumee City Council have reached an agreement on the sale of alcoholic beverages at the Showcase Cinemas Maumee. National Amusements introduced plans last summer for their Maumee location to be upgraded to its new premium brand known as "Cinema de Lux." Cinema de Lux offers movie-goers enhanced services and amenities such as reserved seating with ultra leather rocking recliners, concierge style customer service and a number of family-friendly concession choices such as Sbarro Pizza and Nathan's Famous. Another component to the Cinema de Lux concept is Chatters restaurant and lounge serving American fare and specialty drinks along with beer, wine and soft drinks."
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UT recognized for its Hispanic opportunities - "Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education has named The University of Toledo a 2003 Publisher’s Pick for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes public and private, two-year and four-year, religious and secular colleges and universities that offer outstanding opportunities to Hispanic students. Some of the programs the Office of Undergraduate Admission sponsors to attract minority students to campus are UT-sponsored bus visits, targeted mailings and e-mails, and an e-newsletter with articles and helpful information for students of color. The office also co-hosts the Latino Youth Summit."
posted by jr to education at 3:34 P.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Local man trying to get life back - "The most productive years of his life were spent in a prison cell, having been wrongfully convicted of a murder that remains unsolved, Danny Brown says. More than two years after his release, Mr. Brown, now 49, wants his name officially cleared and some compensation for his 19 years behind bars. Convicted for the 1981 rape and murder of a woman named Bobbie Russell, Mr. Brown was imprisoned until 2001, when DNA evidence proved he did not commit the rape."
posted by jr to news at 3:23 P.M. EST No comments Post a comment
January 25, 2004
Become a Metropark volunteer - "The Volunteer Trail Patrol of the Toledo Area Metroparks was successful enough in its first year at Wildwood Preserve Metropark that officials intend to expand it to Oak Openings Preserve this year and add volunteers on bicycles at both parks. The first meeting of those who want to be members will be Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood. A second meeting will be at the Buehner Center at Oak Openings Feb. 8 at 2 p.m."
posted by jr to environment at 2:44 A.M. EST No comments Post a comment
The 'poor' in the U.S. - "According to a recent study by the Heritage Foundation, 46 percent of the technically "poor" live in their own homes, most with more living space than the average person in Paris, London or Vienna. While 73 percent own at least one car, 30 percent own two or more, and 76 percent have air conditioning. Also, according to the study, 65 percent have a washing machine, 97 percent have a color TV and 78 percent have a DVD player or VCR."
posted by jr to culture at 2:34 A.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Northwest Ohio's business strengths - "The automotive industry, not surprisingly, is the biggest business cluster in northwest Ohio, but other substantially large industries may be less well known: petroleum refining and containers. The largest industry groups in an eight-county area including Lucas are automotive, with annual output worth $9.1 billion; petroleum refining, $3.5 billion; containers, $2.3 billion; transportation and warehousing, $1.4 billion; engineering and architecture, $677 million; and fabricated rubber products, $605 million. One or more of those groups could serve as a nucleus for economic development, said the professors from UT and Bowling Green State University who are conducting the $365,000 state-funded study."
posted by jr to business at 1:53 A.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Libbey glass supports cocktail resurgence - "The mixed-drink craze has spurred the Toledo tableware company to expand its offering of martini glases. One of Libbey’s latest endeavors was inspired by a visit to a trendy Minneapolis restaurant by Mr. Zollweg, where he was fascinated by watching a Mojito cocktail being made. The Cuban drink, pronounced "mo-he-to," involves using a "muddler" to crush mint leaves and other flavorings in a shaker before adding rum, lemon-lime soda, and other ingredients. 'This is the hottest new drink going,' he said. 'This is the new cosmopolitan.' "
posted by jr to entertainment at 1:44 A.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Protecting Lake Erie from sprawl - "When land gets paved over, there's less grass or soil to filter out pollutants such as motor oil drippings and farm fertilizers that run off the land and head downstream after each rain. It's one of the drawbacks of urban sprawl. Government planners don't have much power to stop sprawl. But through an incentive-laden program called the balanced growth initiative, officials feel they now can be creative in their efforts to mitigate the effects on Lake Erie."
posted by jr to environment at 1:36 A.M. EST No comments Post a comment
Identity theft - "Identiy theft is a growing problem in the United States, according to the Federal Trade Commission. It found in a survey last fall that more than 27 million Americans were victims of identity theft in the last five years -10 million in 2002 alone at a cost to the victims that year of $5 billion. Complaints have nearly doubled each year since 1998. But businesses have taken an even heavier hit. The federal agency estimates identity theft losses to businesses and financial institutions were nearly $48 billion in 2002."
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January 24, 2004
January 23, 2004
Bob Frantz needs some common sense - AM 1370 WSPD morning show host, Bob Frantz, has his panties in a bunch over this "wonderful" Taverns for Tots idea. Frantz is an anti-smoking zealot. On his web page, Bob claims he is an independent thinker and cannot be labeled as a Republican or Democrat. Whatever. It's the trendy thing to do these days to claim you're not aligned with a political party. People who continually make a point of letting the rest of us know that they cannot be labeled are boring and have insecurity issues. I really don't care what your politics are. I don't care if you have a label or not. Dear Bob Frantz, based upon your web page, you are a fraud. You say you use common sense, instead of bullshit, but bullshit is all you spew when you speak about the smoking ban.
posted by jr to other at 3:48 P.M. EST 7 comments
January 21, 2004
President Bush speaks at Owens CC - "President Bush promoted his job-creation and worker-training goals Wednesday in Ohio - a state hit hard by manufacturing losses and one that is key to his 2004 campaign. Hours after his State of the Union speech, Bush touted his proposal for new job-training grants channeled through community colleges at one of the state's fastest growing community colleges. He called for $250 million for programs to match workers and employers during his speech at Owens Community College. "There's no better place to do that than the community college system," he said."
posted by jr to politics at 11:07 P.M. EST No comments Post a comment
'American Idol' Trumps Bush in Ratings - I guess I shouldn't be surprised at this. Americans have their priorities straight. "President Bush's primetime state of the union address was overshadowed in the Nielsen polling on Tuesday by the second installment of the new round of competition on Fox's 'American Idol.' "
posted by jr to entertainment at 10:56 P.M. EST 2 comments
Ohio Senate bans same-sex marriage - Oh my gosh. More illogical and moronic thinking by our government. More freedoms and rights restricted by our government, and it's not due to the Patriot Act. I'm glad I don't understand this barbaric thinking. What's the problem with same-sex marriage? I haven't observed one logical argument supporting a same-sex marriage ban. And save the morality crap. That's not a reason, because it would imply that people involved in government-approved marriages never violate some kind of moral code, which is absurd. The Bible could be interpreted to say gambling is wrong, but 38 states have government-sponsored gambling called the lottery. If you oppose same-sex marriage but support gambling, you are a hypocrite.
posted by jr to culture at 10:02 P.M. EST 6 comments
Cell phone is the most hated technology - "An annual Massachusetts Institute of Technology survey, known as the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index, found that among adults asked what invention they hate most but can't live without, 30 percent said the cell phone. Alarm clocks were a close second, with 25 percent, followed by the television with 23 percent and razors with 14 percent. Microwave ovens, computers and answering machines also earned spots as detested technology."
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Eagle Population Sets Record - If you have not seen a local Bald Eagle, you've got your eyes closed. I never get tired of seeing this great bird. Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge is probably the best place to go locally, but a Bald Eagle can be seen anytime in and around Toledo. "A record 352 bald eagles have been counted in Ohio, topping the previous record set last year. When the survey began, in 1979, only six eagles were found."
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