Nine bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on before your Mother's Day travels:
This month, for example, we've read troubling stories about Bob McCloskey, Tom Noe, and Ray Kest. The brazenness of these three political sausage-makers rivals anything seen on a national level.
And it's not just politics.
In the murder trial of the Rev. Gerald Robinson, we heard testimony about missing police files from the original investigation in 1980. Connect the dots and it would be hard not to conclude that there was a coverup to protect the Catholic Church.
But it was while watching that same trial on Court TV that I discovered wait, rediscovered why I'm proud to call Lucas County home.
A new generation of law-enforcement officials brought Sister Margaret Ann Pahl's killer to justice. From the relaunching of the investigation and the diligent work of the cold-case detectives through the closing arguments, I was thoroughly impressed with their professionalism.
There are countless examples of our justice system having failed (the Rodney King verdict first comes to mind), but it was nearly flawless in the case of the State of Ohio vs. Gerald Robinson.
It took a new generation to get the job done.
(Didn't get that one? From a Feb. 28, 1999, article: "One day after Rossford announced plans for a $48 million hockey arena, the owner of the Toledo Sports Arena said he plans to begin construction of a downtown hockey arena within 90 days.")
Now that the Rib-Off which is moving to the Lucas County Rec Center after 22 years in downtown Toledo has signed musical acts Jo Dee Messina and Grand Funk Railroad, how will Ribs on the River respond?
Your turn, Mr. Finkbeiner.