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Updated 21 hours ago
Zealous prosecutors worse than shady pols
BY KEITH C. BURRIS COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
Between stints in Toledo, I lived with my family in Connecticut for 25 years. There I occasionally covered John Rowland, thrice elected governor of the state. …

Updated 21 hours ago
Sal's Pals top $1M mark for charity
BY BARBARA HENDEL BLADE SOCIETY EDITOR
Sal's Pals celebrated its 12th annual dinner and auction April 12 at St. Francis DeSales High School. Sal's Pals: Committed to finding a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis, was started when Jenny and Rick Pinardo's son Sal was born in 2001 with CF, an inherited chronic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. …

4/16/2014 1:25 AM
Dumars shouldn’t be scapegoat
BY DAVE HACKENBERG BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST
Somewhere along the way, somehow, the Detroit Pistons became an afterthought even to their fans. They long ago stopped being the Bad Boys and became simply bad. Joe Dumars was the tie that bound those eras, but even that tie became frayed. …

4/16/2014 12:00 AM
Pruning trees into shape
BY KELLY HEIDBREDER GARDENING COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
The flowering and fruit trees are finally waking up from their winter hibernation and it is time to prune them into shape for the best fruit crop they can produce. …

4/15/2014 12:27 AM
An economist tells it like it is
BY KEITH C. BURRIS COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
Through the good graces of one of Toledo’s best citizens, Bob Meeker, I had a chance to chat with Kate Warne, an economist with broad experience — including working for the Council of Economic Advisers under President Ronald Reagan and being part of the team that deregulated the airline industry. …

4/15/2014 12:22 AM
Vital role takes Simmons to remote outpost
BY MATT MARKEY BLADE OUTDOORS EDITOR
QAANAAQ, Greenland — Laura Simmons was not looking for what you see in recruiting brochures. The U.S. Air Force captain sought out an assignment far away from the major bases, installations and population centers. …

4/15/2014 12:00 AM
Coney Island has staying power
BY MARY BILYEU BLADE FOOD EDITOR
The Coney Island Hot Dog, just down the street from The Blade, is turning 95 today. Opened in 1919 by Sofokles Constantine — more affectionately known as Uncle Gus — it’s still family owned, with Gus’ nephew, Frixos Stylianides, playing host now. It’s seen reporters, city administrators, firefighters and police officers, residents, visitors, and others come and go. But many …

4/14/2014 1:01 AM
A saint with impeccable comic timing
BY KEITH C. BURRIS COLUMNIST FOR THE BLADE
He quoted Mother Teresa, and at times being in his presence felt like it must have felt being in hers — if she were also as funny as Mark Twain, Jack Benny, Bill Cosby, or Louis C.K. …

4/14/2014 12:00 AM
A look into Pakistan that few see
BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN BLADE COLUMNIST
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan recently held a conference on Pakistan. The speakers were two women and a man who, amid all the bad news emanating from the country, brought a breath of fresh air. …

4/14/2014 12:00 AM
Toledo deserves better hockey team
DAVE HACKENBERG BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST
A crowd of 4,599 showed up at the Huntington Center Sunday to say adios to the Walleye, the worst Toledo hockey team in more than four decades. …