I received a call from Taryn Tuss of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She told me the President wanted the people living by the Great Lakes to know how committed his administration is to combating this Asian Carp invasion.More >> In the end, we all need to know and believe that the process of counting votes in Lucas County is above reproach.More >> The Toledo City Council is considering a 3 year deal to provide money for the newly-formed Downtown Toledo Development Corporation.More >> The Asian Carp are making their way to the Great Lakes, and the Obama Administration doesn't seem to care.More >> Carty Finkbeiner says TPS needs a visionary overhaul, and the sooner, the better.More >> The Lucas County commissioner term ends in a month for Ben Konop. He says it's up to county residents to keep a tax cut alive that he proposed.More >> The police are going to get this creep, it's just a matter of when. In the meantime, be careful, be vigilant and tell the police if you know anything.More >> WTOL 11 continues the holiday tradition we started last year of taking our entire news team on the road when we head to Genoa next Tuesday.More >> I guess if someone is ignorant enough to do this, then he or she is probably too ignorant to feel shame or remorse.More >> The 2010 United Way campaign set a goal of $13.3 million and the early results have been most promising.More >> It now appears that the Republican controlled Ohio Senate is going to reject Governor Ted Strickland's appointees to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.More >> About a year ago, with your help, we launched the WTOL 11 Clothing Your Community initiative. Because of its success, we're doing it again this year.More >> The very economic and social future for Ohio, Michigan and maybe the entire country will be affected by your choices. Your vote will make a difference for at least the next 10 years.More >> Last week's editorial about dirty dancing in high school generated a lot of response, and a great deal of disagreement.More >> It is the job of parents to impose rules and restrictions on their kids' clothing and behavior.More >> I hope the candidates accept the challenge to be direct and detailed instead of offering vague generalities and lame anecdotes.More >> Since folks travel just about anywhere these days, we are bringing these disgusting parasites that feed on human blood and can live a year without a meal, into our homes.More >> This past Sunday's Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure was once again a remarkable success as more than 19,000 folks paid the entry fee to be counted as they walked or ran.More >> In fact, Bell kept the idea of the trip a relative secret and didn't gather a big committee of business and civic leaders so they could all get aligned on the message of Toledo.More >> Ohio's governor, Democrat Ted Strickland, faced off in a debate of sorts this week, with Republican John Kasich. As debates go, this one was duller than most.More >> The candidates will meet in only two televised debates. WTOL and The Blade are hosting one of them on October 7.More >> In the past month, WTOL combined with The Blade and BCSN to help Lake High School outfit its temporary home. We asked you to lend a hand, and you did in a big, big way.More >> WTOL 11, The Blade and Buckeye CableSystem, have joined together to helpMore >> The construction site at I-475 and Central Avenue is considered a permanent construction site, which means the speed limit is 50 mph.More >> Racism is still a hot button in this country. Maybe one day that won't be true.More >> The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library just announced the list of authors who will visit Toledo this year as part of the Authors! Authors! program. As always the names are impressive.More >> The $250 million Hollywood Casino breaks ground in early August. The casino will open sometime in 2012.More >> Toledo City Council Member Joe McNamara suggests the city turn the Marina District property into temporary farmland -- and Bob is not happy about the idea.More >> CSX has made a whopping $175 million commitment to develop its intermodal terminal in North Baltimore. This project continues to grow and is now the centerpiece of the larger project known as the National Gateway.More >> It's county fair time. You've got to love this wonderfully American tradition.More >> I would like to be optimistic and say a new guy will initiate some new thinking. It would be nice if he is granted a break-in period where he is given plenty of support.More >> And The Toledo Blade deserves a special mention for being the driving force behind the popular event.More >> The cranes are going to be significant to the Port of Toledo and to northwest Ohio for a long time.More >> After WTOL streamed a graduation for a dad in Afghanistan, he wrote a letter that not only thanked but inspired us. We want to share it with you.More >> Being a soldier has always been difficult, demanding and, yes, life-threatening. Yet millions of patriotic men and women chose, and continue to choose, to serve. And many of them paid the ultimate price to protect our way of life.More >> As I walked around talking to these high-achieving young adults, I was reminded that there is hope. There are kids who still take studying seriously.More >> Toledo police stepped into a deteriorating situation and stopped it before someone really got hurt.More >> It's tornado season in northwest Ohio and WTOL viewers have been helping us cover the storms in an unprecedented way.More >> Lucas County Commissioner Ben Konop is wrong to expect the details of the naming rights deal for the Huntington Center to be made public. If this deal was made with the promise of non-disclosure to protect trade secrets, then that promise must be respected.More >> Of all the professional sports, baseball is the one which is truly made for radio. The top announcers bring the game to you much more vividly than the endless replays and mind-numbing analysis that typifiesMore >> From Fifth Third Field to Huntington Center, I like looking around downtown and seeing crowds of happy people.More >> On May 17, WTOL-11 and The Ohio Lottery will honor, as we have done for decades, local high school class valedictorians.More >> How many people in this town have to be brutally attacked and bitten by ill-bred and out-of-control dogs before we come to our senses? We are not talking about Lassie having a bad day. These are vicious dogs. Good dogs don't leap over fences and maul people.More >> Bullying with modern technology is not funny and it is definitely not kids play. It is cruel, and hurtful and dangerous.More >> Blue flu was a terrible idea. However, it's also a bad idea to administer extreme disciplinary measures.More >> Now, I realize that giving back benefits you thought were guaranteed is difficult to swallow. But a lot of us in cities and businesses all over America have done just that in the past 16 months.More >> His inspiring story as a hero of the World War II Forgotten 500 rescue mission of downed American pilots has received a lot of attention.More >> Here's some great news. Three local high school basketball teams made it to Columbus. The Waite girls and the boys of Ottawa Hills and Port Clinton provided their fans with some inspired play.More >> Every 10 years our government conducts a census. This information affects the number of congressional seats each state is allotted. Census data impacts public services, funding for infrastructure and hospitals,More >> Bob thinks Mayor Bell is doing what he needs to do.More >> The Lucas County Commissioners don't like the entertainment tax. And it seems like most of you don't think much of it either. But Mayor Bell is just being practical.More >> In 2008, after years of study and analysis, we announced our revitalization plan which included staying downtown, building a new building on a parking lot and demolishing our deteriorating building, replacing it with a park.More >> The list of people who have 10 or more red light camera violations is 30 pages long. This isn't just about running a red light. More than anything, this stupid act endangers anyone else who happens to be legally going through the light.More >> Thank you for reminding me that hope and community are more than just wordsMore >> Mike Bell gave his State of the City address this week, and I give it a "B". He was honest about the budget deficit, but he also left me wondering how he's going to get taxpayers and unions to pitch in.More >> If we don't put pressure on the EPA and other government organizations, it may soon be too late.More >> How screwed up are we when we let about 100 punk teenagers disrupt a multi-million dollar investment? These jerks brought the mall to its knees.More >> No one likes new taxes, but remember that voting no on new taxes in this economy is also saying yes to cutting programs and services you may be used to having.More >> Now we just need more volunteers to sort the 80 tons of items get this stuff ready to give away.More >> There's a new group in town that wants you to help brand northwest Ohio. I think you should shake off the winter blahs and become a brand builder.More >> The Ohio Turnpike toll system works pretty well, unless you have bicycles mounted on the roof of your vehicle. If you drive across the state with bikes on the roof, as many cyclists do, you will pay $25 in toll fees instead of the usual $15.More >> In the news this week is the disturbing story of a woman being raped in broad daylight in west Toledo, and not one person stopped to help her. This should bother all of us.More >> Bob's pretty pleased with Mayor Bell so far. Find out why.More >> Here's an opportunity to help your community. Don't let it pass you by.More >>
A few weeks back I completed an online survey that dealt with the future of downtown Toledo. It was sent to 20 stakeholders with prominent downtown locations.More >> A few weeks back I completed an online survey that dealt with the future of downtown Toledo. It was sent to 20 stakeholders with prominent downtown locations.More >> This week the LPGA stars are in town! The Marathon Classic began on Thursday. Over the years this tournament has generated millions of dollars for local charities. In addition, it provides northwestMore >> This week the LPGA stars are in town! The Marathon Classic began on Thursday.
The 2016 Republican National Convention named Cleveland as its host city.More >> The 2016 Republican National Convention named Cleveland as its host city.More >> Downtown food trucks are getting a lot of attention. The question of fundamental fairness has been raised by the owners of the brick and mortar establishments, whose investments and permanence far exceed that borne byMore >> Downtown food trucks are getting a lot of attention. The question of fundamental fairness has been raised by the owners of the brick and mortar establishments, whose investments and permanence far exceed that borne by food truck owners.More >> We do not take any joy or satisfaction in seeing The Blade's workforce continue to dwindle; the cost to our city is too high to seek any silver lining.More >> Just when Downtown, through investments by ProMedica and the efforts of areas such as the Warehouse District, is starting to grow and thrive, the loss of 131 Blade jobs is a setback for Downtown, the city and our region.More >>