Toledo, Ohio

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Lake Erie the Subject of Unusual Ballot Question

Residents of Toledo will vote on whether it deserves the same rights as a person

(Newser) - Next week, residents of Toledo, Ohio, will vote on what the New York Times describes as one of the most unusual ballot questions ever to appear in the US—whether to grant Lake Erie the same rights as a human. Specifically, residents will vote on whether to accept the Lake... More »

Woman Accused in 'Upscale Mass Murder' Plot Was Dylann Roof Pen Pal

Ohio's Elizabeth Lecron allegedly planned to bomb a bar

(Newser) - A woman planning an "upscale mass murder" reached out to Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof before she was arrested Saturday in one of two terror plots near Toledo, Ohio, according to the FBI. "So I guess I'll talk to you when the deed is done? I'm... More »

Woman Allegedly Defaced Black Neighbor's Home With N-Word, 'Hail Trump'

Toledo woman has been charged with ethnic intimidation, among other things

(Newser) - A white Toledo woman was hit with charges including ethnic intimidation Monday after allegedly spray-painting "Hail Trump," "N--- keep out," and a swastika across the front of her black neighbor's home over the weekend. Patricia Edelen, 47, pleaded not guilty; she was ordered not to... More »

Meet Ohio's 'Frankenpines'

Cell towers go under cover, mocked gently

(Newser) - Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Toledo, Ohio, into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents, reports the AP . Some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers "frankenpines," the Toledo Blade reports. Adding branches... More »

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst: More »

Siegfried & Roy's White Lion Dies as Zoo Operates

Legend was undergoing surgery for lameness

(Newser) - A mesmerizing male white lion belonging to Siegfried & Roy died yesterday while undergoing a minor procedure at the Toledo Zoo, where he was on loan, reports the Toledo Blade . Fourteen-year-old Legend was being operated on after displaying signs of lameness in his front left foot; he was stable as... More »

Toxic Water Actually 'So Routine' in Ohio

Pollution, invasive species, and climate change have all been blamed

(Newser) - Tap water has been declared safe to drink and bathe in again in Toledo, Ohio, but scientists warn that toxic algae blooms could be here to stay. Fertilizer from farms and cattle feedlots are partly to blame for the thick layer of algae choking Lake Erie, the most developed of... More »

Drink Up, Toledo: Water Ban Lifted

Advisory over toxins is lifted this morning

(Newser) - Toledo's water is OK to drink again after new tests showed that a dangerous toxin was no longer detectable, reports the Toledo Blade . "Our water is safe," Mayor Michael Collins said at a morning news conference. Hours earlier, Collins had kept the ban in place, citing tests... More »

Toledo Now Deems Water Too Dangerous for Showers

As Chicago re-tests its own supply

(Newser) - Toledo's water, which was yesterday deemed unsafe for drinking or washing dishes , just got a scary downgrade: Health officials last night reversed their initial position that city water was safe enough for showering, and are now advising those with sensitive skin or liver disease to avoid bathing in it,... More »

Dangerous Toxins Found in Toledo Water

City residents can't drink it for now, even if it's boiled

(Newser) - The greater Toledo area of Ohio is under some scary-sounding advisories today after toxins turned up in city water. For the time being, residents shouldn't drink tap water, even if it's boiled, and restaurants are being urged to close their doors unless they can guarantee no city water... More »

Toledo Sinkhole Claims Car

Driver hospitalized, roads closed

(Newser) - A 60-year-old woman found herself—and her car—trapped in a sinkhole yesterday in Toledo, Ohio. The hole was some 10 feet deep, but Pamela Knox was able to extricate herself using a ladder, the Toledo Blade reports. She was hospitalized but appeared unhurt. The hole formed as a result... More »

Biden Hits Trail, Blasts Romney Over Auto Bailout

'They're about protecting the privileged sector'

(Newser) - Joe Biden hit the campaign trail for the first time in the 2012 cycle today, delivering a fiery speech rife with direct shots at the GOP field at a union hall in Toledo. "Hey! I'm back! You're back! And the [auto] industry is back!" Biden began,... More »

Mercury Spill Shuts Down Ohio Daycare

30 kids had to get decontamination showers

(Newser) - All ended well, but a show-and-tell presentation on mercury turned out to be way more informative than planned for 30 preschoolers. A worker at a Toledo daycare brought in a vintage blood-pressure monitor with mercury inside to show the kids, explains the Toledo Blade . It got left on the floor,... More »

Ohio Couple Busted on Terror Charges

Toledo pair accused of funneling cash to Hezbollah

(Newser) - A Lebanese-American Toledo couple was arrested yesterday and accused of attempting to funnel money to Hezbollah. Prosecutors say Hor and Amera Akl researched and pitched 10 ways to sent money to the terrorist group, ultimately plotting to conceal up to $1 million from anonymous US donors in a vehicle and... More »

1,000 Kids a Year Forced Into Sex Slavery—in Ohio

Sweatshop labor also rampant in human trafficking hub

(Newser) - Each year in Ohio some 1,000 US-born children are forced into the sex trade and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited or pushed into sweatshop labor. Weak trafficking laws, poorly informed law enforcement, and the state's proximity to the Canadian border combine to make Ohio a hub of human... More »

New Budget Airline Launches With 1 Plane, $9 Seats

First few seats are $9; all extras will cost you

(Newser) - The founder of the short-lived discount airline Skybus thinks conditions are right for a second attempt at adding service to less-used regional airports, the Chicago Tribune reports. JetAmerica will follow the model of European budget carriers like Ryanair, offering a handful of seats for $9 and charging for services like... More »

Captive Woman Forced to Wear Diaper, Listen to Bible Verses

Ohio police say she was held 3 days

(Newser) - A Michigan woman kidnapped last week was held against her will for three days as her captor read the Bible to her, police say. The alleged assailant picked up the woman in Detroit and drove her to his home in Toledo, the AP reports. When she fell asleep, he undressed... More »

Ohio Cops Flush Plumber Joe's Speeding Ticket

Toledo police worried about 'negative repercussions'

(Newser) - It seems Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, or as John McCain dubbed him, “Joe the Plumber,” lives a charmed life. Wurzelbacher was caught going 50mph in a 35mph zone in Toledo last week, but America’s favorite toilet doctor got off with just a warning. The officer decided a ticket... More »

Obama Plan Includes Freeze on Foreclosures

Plan would ease borrowing from retirement accounts

(Newser) - Barack Obama detailed an economic rescue plan today that includes incentives for job creation and a federal credit line for state and local governments, the Toledo Blade reports. Playing to voters in hard-hit Ohio as he preps for Wednesday's debate, Obama said, "I won’t pretend that this will... More »

Obama Sways Ohio Swing Votes, Door by Door

Impromptu canvassing before debate prep wins over neighbors

(Newser) - Barack Obama made an unannounced tour through an Ohio neighborhood yesterday, knocking on doors and talking to voters in the crucial swing state, reports the Toledo Blade. Surprised residents took the opportunity to talk policy and snap photos with the candidate, and several undecided voters said they were won over... More »

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